20% of U.S. Residents Do Not Buy Fixed Network Internet Access

About 20 percent of U.S. residents now use their smartphones and mobile data services exclusively for internet access. That is a seven point increase from the 13 percent who used mobile exclusively for internet access in 2015.


Some 65 percent of U.S. residents report they subscribe to traditional broadband service at home, down two percentage points from the 67 percent reporting they bought fixed network internet access in July 2015.


One-in-five Americans own a smartphone, but do not have traditional broadband service


About five percent of poll respondents say they do not buy fixed network internet access or smartphone service.


Some 11 percent of U.S. residents indicate that they do not use the internet at all.


Such non-buyers are disproportionately likely to be older. Some 40 percent of U.S. residents 65 and older report they do not buy internet access or use smartphones.

Some 25 percent of rural residents say they buy neither. About 25 percent of those who have not attended college and 23 percent of respondents in  households earning less than $30,000 per year also are in this category.
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